O Night Divine

Designed in Xara, painted in Essentials.

One Solitary Life

There was a baby born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant girl. He grew to manhood in that rural country but little is known about his childhood. He worked in his stepfather's woodworking shop until he was thirty. For three years he was an itinerant preacher. He never went to college. He never held office. He never wrote a book. He never owned a home. He never had a family. He never set foot in a big city. He never traveled more than 200 miles from his birthplace. He had none of the credentials that usually accompany greatness. His only riches were contained within himself.

While still a young man, the tide of public opinion turned against him. His closest friends ran away and denied knowing him. He was betrayed to his enemies. He went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed to a cross between two thieves. While dying his executioners gambled for the only property he had on earth, his coat. After death, his body was laid in a borrowed grave given through the pity of a friend.

Twenty centuries have now come and gone, and today this man is the central figure of the human race. Love for this man has inspired more treasures of art than for any other. Adoration for him has been transformed into more songs of love and devotion than for any other. More books have been written about him than any other. The entire earth sets its calendar to mark the passage of years based upon his birth. A fledgling land built its foundation upon his teaching and grew to become the strongest, the most abundant, the most bountiful and generous nation in the history of mankind.

I am far within the mark when I say that all the armies that ever marched, all the navies that ever sailed, all the parliaments that ever sat, and all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected mankind upon this earth as has this One Solitary Life. He is called Emmanuel, Jesus, The Christ, Son of God, Lamb of God, Creator, and Messiah. Hail to thee, O King of Kings.
—Author unknown

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